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Sharon Osbourne: 'I Had a Double Mastectomy'

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Nov 05, 2012 | 3:29am EST

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When it comes to her life, Sharon Osbourne isn't taking any chances. The 60-year-old former The X Factor judge, who beat colon cancer a decade ago, reveals in a new interview with the UK's HELLO! magazine that she underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of getting breast cancer.

Osbourne recently found out that she carries a gene that makes her more likely to develop the disease — so, she decided to have her breasts removed. "As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor,'" she said in her interview. "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy."

"For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," Osbourne explained. "I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl."

Osbourne didn't want to live her life in fear. "I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time," she said. "It's not 'pity me', it’s a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around."

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